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Making online quizzes using Moodle

Frequent in-class quizzes have been associated with positive learning outcomes including increased student achievement, attendance, and confidence (Ruscio, 2001; Wilder, Flood, & Stomsnes, 2001). Frequent quizzing reportedly maintains student study effort and promotes course engagement (Smith et al., 2000; Sporer, 2001). In general students rate the quizzes favorably and believe they are helpful in preparing for in-class examinations. Practice tests help students evaluate their learning and focus study effort accordingly (Maki, 1998).

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Rubrics for assessment


SLEDcc_orange_rubrics_semifinal_draft (Photo credit: Fleep Tuque)

A rubric is an attempt to communicate expectations of quality around a task.  A rubric can also provide a basis for self-evaluation, reflection, and peer review. It is aimed at accurate and fair assessment, fostering understanding, and indicating a way to proceed with subsequent learning/teaching.Please find abelow a variety of rubrics that I have encountered from various workshops and courses that I have attended. Please give the authors of the rubrics the appropriate recognition if you decide to spread these on to your colleagues.

Peer Assessment Rubric – based on a design by Richard Felder

Sharon Flynn from NUI Galway very kindly shared rubric that she uses for On Discussion participation

Oral assessment – Dolan School of Business, Fairfield University

As a student on the Learning Innovation Network special purpose award “Teaching and Learning”, I received feedback in the form of a rubric on a seminar paper that I submitted to the course instructors, led by Marion Palmer, IADT.

There is also a good discussion in this article on rubrics for student blogs

I would be really interested in your comments on rubrics and would be delighted if you would be willing to share rubrics that you have came across throughout your education. I have also found great websites on assessment that can be accessing by clicking